South Africa

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South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa (RSA), is a country located in Southern Africa. It has 2,798 kilometres (1,739 mi) of coastline that stretches along the South Atlantic and Indian oceans. To the north lie the neighbouring countries of NamibiaBotswana and Zimbabwe; to the east are Mozambique and Swaziland; and within it lies Lesotho, an enclavesurrounded by South African territory. South Africa is the 25th-largest country in the world by land area, and with close to 53 million people, is the world’s 25th-most populous nation.

Capitals: Pretoria, Cape Town, Bloemfontein
Dialing code: +27
National anthem: National anthem of South Africa
President: Jacob Zuma
Official languages: English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Tsonga, Swati, Southern Sotho, Tswana, Venda, Northern Sotho, NdebeleLaws on homosexuality

The legal and social status of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people has been influenced by a combination traditional South African mores, colonialism, and the lingering effects ofapartheid and the human rights movement that contributed to its abolition. South Africa’s post-apartheid constitution was the first in the world to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation, and South Africa was the fifth country in the world, and the first in Africa, to legalise same-sex marriage. Nevertheless, LGBT South Africans continue to face considerable challenges, including social stigma, homophobic violence (particularly corrective rape), and high rates of HIV/AIDS infection.

Same-sex sexual activity legal? Male legal since 1998
Female never illegal
Age of consent equalisedin 2007
Gender identity/expression Change of legal gender permitted since 2003
Military service Allowed to serve openly
Discrimination protections Constitutional and statutory protections (see below)
Family rights
Recognition of
relationships
Same-sex marriage since 2006
Adoption Joint and step-parent adoption since 2002

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BOOK REVIEW: I Am, Therefore, We Are

BOOK REVIEW: I Am, Therefore, We Are

 From South Africa comes a new publication I Am, Therefore, We Are; a powerful nonfiction expose about being trans on the Eastern Cape in post-apartheid South Africa.  The book, written and photographed by Kris Lyseggen and her husband Herb Schrei[...]
South African Queer Muslims Meet for 14th Annual International Retreat

South African Queer Muslims Meet for 14th Annual International Retreat

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ANTI GAY PREACHER BANNED FROM ENTERING SOUTH AFRICA

ANTI GAY PREACHER BANNED FROM ENTERING SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa's Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba early this week announced that controversial US pastor Steven Anderson is prohibited from entering South Africa. The Minister said the LGBTI community faces daily atrocities for defining their identi[...]
Archbishop Desmond Tutu Spearheads ‘LET’S FACE IT: LGBTI Right are Human Rights” Campaign

Archbishop Desmond Tutu Spearheads ‘LET’S FACE IT: LGBTI Right are Human Rights” Campaign

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First LGBTI Streaming Station PrideTV Launched in South Africa

First LGBTI Streaming Station PrideTV Launched in South Africa

South Africa has just launched their first LGBT streaming television channel. Screen Africa is reporting that PrideTV is a Video on Demand platform and costs 79 rands (R79) per month or R790 per year. Content manager Joanne Raphael Katz says that [...]
HATE CRIME: Cape Town Beautician Attacked for being Gay

HATE CRIME: Cape Town Beautician Attacked for being Gay

A young Western Cape man is still grappling in pain after being brutally targeted by two youths because of his sexuality. Geno Jonkers, a beauty spa consultant from Crawford, said he fears for his life after being attacked last month at his uncle’[...]
OPPORTUNITY: Job Opening for Programs Manager

OPPORTUNITY: Job Opening for Programs Manager

Global Interfaith Network for People of All Sexes, Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities and Expressions Organisation Description GIN is pleased to announce the recruitment of a Programs Manager. The successful candidate will gain a unique [...]
Africa’s First Gay Rugby Team: JOZI CATS Makes its Mark

Africa’s First Gay Rugby Team: JOZI CATS Makes its Mark

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South African Lesbian Murdered on her Birthday

South African Lesbian Murdered on her Birthday

The Love Not Hate campaign, a South African nation-wide multi-partner initiative addressing violence against LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) people, recently reported a senseless murder of a young lesbian woman. Lucia Naid[...]
27 Year Old Gay Man Stabbed to Death in South Africa

27 Year Old Gay Man Stabbed to Death in South Africa

Freedom Day quickly turned tragic for South Africa’s LGBT community, following the murder of a gay man who was stabbed and brutally assaulted with a pole. 27-year-old Tebogo Mokhoto was killed in a bloody attack on the East Rand, during which he was [...]

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